US Department of State: Partners of the Americas Program – Deadline March 10

Cíkánó (Hello in the Koasati Language)!

This NOW message shares information about the US Department of State: Partners of the Americas Program!

Partners brings together youth, ages 15–18, of limited means and/or limited international experience for a three-week, no-cost exchange that builds understanding among countries, increases leadership skills and develops a commitment to service. Youth engage with local government and civic organizations, build relationships with host families and their peers, and participate in skills-based training that enables and empowers them to mobilize their communities toward positive change.

Partners currently implements the program in Venezuela, Colombia and the United States. Selected youth will convene in Washington, D.C., and then travel together to Colombia from July 5th to July 30th, 2016. This program is funded by the US Department of State.

All materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, March 10, 2016.


  • Must be between 15 and 17 years old as of July 5th 2016;
  • Currently enrolled in a high school and have at least one semester remaining after July 30th;
  • Display leadership qualities and potential;
  • Be in good academic standing;
  • Reside in one of the following States: AR, GA, KS, MN, MO, NC, NE, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, WY or the Washington, DC area.
  • Have volunteer experience and a real commitment to serving others;
  • Be able to communicate effectively in Spanish.


Partners of the Americas, with US State Department funding, will pay all expenses related to participation in the program including domestic and international flights, meals, accident and sickness protection, required vaccinations, some spending money, and lodging.

Selected youth receive the opportunity to:

  • Appreciate similarities and differences between the U.S. and Colombia as well as South America in general;
  • Learn about Colombia’s fascinating history, culture, politics, environment and language(s);
  • Develop the skills needed to be a positive leader in your community;
  • Explore societal challenges and create a service project for your community;
  • Connect to a network of volunteers/community leaders including other youth throughout the hemisphere.

TO APPLY: (Applications may be submitted ONLINE or emailed as a PDF)

Applicant Check-list:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Form of identification that verifies U.S. citizenship (i.e. a birth certificate, U.S. passport, citizenship certificate, but no ID or Driver´s License will be accepted);
  3. A copy of your school record for 2015-2016;
  4. Two (2) letters of recommendation from your teachers, the school principal, advisers, or mentors (not from parents). A letter from a Spanish teacher is recommended if Spanish is not spoken at home.

DEADLINE11:59 PM EST on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Note: Due to the large volume of applications, the program may not be able to confirm receipt of applications.

If you have questions please contact


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